Saturday, March 28, 2009

A joke from Bill W...........

What do you call a midget psychic who escaped from jail?

A small medium at large.

  • Patty had a great vacation and came home with a beautiful blue diamond ring.
  • Don paid two dollars for a hug; other offers were ignored.
  • The large sausage patties are back at Sam's, they match the size of the bagel again.
  • Andy has homemade soup and salads at lunch. Try some!
  • Dorothy was planning to watch the ladies' TERPS game today.
  • Scott found Doug's referee whistle, is looking for him to return it.
  • Bill Z. is still waiting for a replacement part for his van, may be waiting until June.
  • The Symphony Designer Home will be Arden House, off S. Rolling Road by the park and ride. Tours start the end of April.

Tribute to Veterans

from Pat R. for all of our veterans

They are leaving us at a high rate these days...

Some years ago:

The elderly parking lot attendant wasn't in a good mood!

Neither was Sam Bierstock. It was around 1 a.m., and Bierstock, a Delray Beach, Fla., eye doctor, business consultant, corporate speaker and musician, was bone tired after appearing at an event. He pulled up in his car, and the parking attendant began to speak. "I took two bullets for this country and look what I'm doing," he said bitterly.

At first, Bierstock didn't know what to say to the World War II veteran. But he rolled down his window and told the man, "Really, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you."

Then the old soldier began to cry.
"That really got to me," Bierstock says.

Cut to today:

Bierstock, 58, and John Melnick, 54, of Pompano Beach - a member of Bierstock's band, Dr. Sam and the Managed Care Band - have written a song inspired by that old soldier in the airport parking lot. The mournful "Before You Go" does more than salute those who fought in WWII. It encourages people to thank the aging warriors before they die.

"If we had lost that particular war, our whole way of life would have been shot," says Bierstock, who plays harmonica. "The WW II soldiers are now dying at the rate of about 2,000 every day. I thought we needed to thank them."

The song is striking a chord. Within four days of Bierstock placing it on the Web, the song and accompanying photo essay have bounced around nine countries, producing tears and heartfelt thanks from veterans, their sons and daughters and grandchildren.
"It made me cry," wrote one veteran's son. Another sent an e-mail saying that only after his father consumed several glasses of wine would he discuss" the unspeakable horrors" he and other soldiers had witnessed in places such as Anzio, Iwo Jima, Bataan and Omaha Beach. "I can never thank them enough," the son wrote. "Thank you for thinking about them."

Bierstock and Melnick thought about shipping it off to a professional singer, maybe a Lee Greenwood type, but because time was running out for so many veterans, they decided it was best to release it quickly, for free, on the Web. Already they have been invited to perform it in Houston for a Veterans Day tribute - this after just a few days on the Web. They hope every veteran in America gets a chance to hear it.

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